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Bochum Boys make history in the Limpopo Super League Final

By Franco Oberholzer , in Cricket | News , at 2023-10-20

The Bochum Boys side from the Bochum HUB situated on the outskirts of Polokwane, the capital of Limpopo, made history by coming out on top in a tightly contested Limpopo Premier League Final against Pietersburg Hoerskool on 14 October.

By claiming the title, the side from Bochum became the first ever HUB to be crowned the champions of a regional league in South Africa.

With only one boundary being the difference between the sides, they managed to sneak over the finishing line. Their winning margin was only three runs, but the impact of their victory was seismic. And they did it by remaining unbeaten throughout the competition.

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Masilo Morema was the shining light for the victors in their momentous victory. After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, Bochum found themselves in serious trouble as the stalwart from the Pieties, Nicholaas Oerlemans, tore through the visitors’ top order. He bagged a very impressive 5/30 in his final spell of the season.

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However, Morema kept his composure as he knuckled down and compiled a crucial 49 from 60 deliveries. The reliable Victor Sehata gritted his teeth amidst the chaos at the top of the order and weighed in with an equally important 32.

The pair’s contributions meant that Bochum was able to tally 158 before being bowled out. They were confident they could defend it after bundling the same Pietersburg side out for less than 100 in their round-robin clash.

Like, Bochum, the Pieties didn’t get off to a good start, losing opener Philip Weterman on only the fifth ball of the innings. However, a 63-run partnership from the reliable duo of Oerlemans (41, 27b) and Michael Nel (20, 36b) heaped the pressure back onto Bochum.

Morema, backing up his vital 49 earlier with the bat, showed his class with the ball, to claim 2/28. Meanwhile, Mashalane Mpontsheng got on top of the Pieties’ batsmen, delivering an excellent spell of 2/18.

Another two-wicket contribution from Mahlodi Sekuba (2/49), ensured that Bochum restricted the Pietersburg side to 155 all out and history was made.

Summarised Scorecards: 

Bochum Boys 158/10 (Masilo Morema 49, Victor Sehata 32; Nicholaas Oerlemans 5/30, Michael Nel 2/19); Pietersburg Hoerskool 155/10 (Oerlemans 41, Nel 20; Mashalane Mpontsheng 2/18, Masilo Morema 2/28, Mohladi Sekuba 2/49). Bochum Boys won by three runs. 


Franco Oberholzer
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